The rising cost of waterfront property in Wisconsin provides ample evidence of the importance of the shoreland environment to the people that live along it. During the daytime this environment is heavily used for recreation. Artificial lighting allows us to engage in nighttime activities that would be impossible or unsafe under normal nighttime conditions. Whether it’s boating, fishing or simply sitting on the porch to read, our enjoyment of the night is enhanced by the use of artificial light. At the same time, our rivers and lakes at night provide a quiet open dark space that gives us privacy and an opportunity to enjoy the heavens. Balancing the ability to see at night with the desire to preserve the beauty of the night is the goal of sensible shoreland lighting.
Learn more about suggested shoreland lighting to preserve the natural enjoyment.
Shoreland Plants & Landscaping
Owners of existing and new homes typically bring with them traditional landscaping ideas centered on the conventional yard. Too often that means manicured lawns extending to the water’s edge, along with the fertilizer and pesticide applications that are the norm in the cities and villages left behind. Over time, and combined with other sources of pollution, shoreline development can have profound impacts on water quality.
The impacts can be minimized, however, with a landscaping plan that
places less emphasis on lawns and incorporates a variety of plants adapted to conditions near the water’s edge. See attached PDF that offers suggestions for getting started, and an extensive list of landscape plants suited for Wisconsin’s lakeshores. By following the practical suggestions offered inside, you can improve your property and contribute to the quality of our environment.